LAUDER HIRING: La Mer and Jo Malone of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. has hired Renee Slas to the position of senior vice president of sales and marketing in North America. In her new role, which goes into effect on Monday, Slas will be responsible for the strategic development and execution of North American retail sales, which includes all activities related to retail and partnered store locations, sales administration and education. She will report to Maureen Case, president of Specialty Brands for the Estée Lauder Cos. Previously, Slas served as vice president of sales and managed the U.S. Fragrance and Beauté business spanning the West Coast and North Central states.
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JAFRA APPOINTS EXECS: Direct-sales company Jafra Cosmetics has appointed Connie Tang president and Janice Jackson senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Tang’s beauty industry résumé includes stints at Clinique, Lancôme and BeautiControl Cosmetics Inc., where she spent 13 years and was most recently vice president, special markets. Jackson began her career at The Boots Company LLC and Avon Products Inc. before moving on to Alticor and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP. Jafra still has a vacancy in its chief executive position after Frank Mineo exited the firm earlier this year, but Jafra spokeswoman Norma Villegas said the company is actively searching for Mineo’s replacement.
ALLURE’S BEST: Allure magazine held its 13th annual Best of Beauty event to celebrate its October issue last week at The Plaza in New York. After sifting through and testing 2,500 products, the magazine awarded 182 products across all categories including lips, skin, hair and body. Several categories were introduced including men’s grooming and natural products. Attendees clamored to receive their Hideo Wakamatsu suitcase filled with beauty products, valued at more than $3,000.
CLAIROL’S NEW MAN: Clairol has named Jason Backe color director for the brand. Backe, who serves as master colorist and chief executive officer of Ted Gibson Salon in New York, replaces Brad Johns. Backe is best known for his natural-looking color, and he works with celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Renée Zellweger and Kim Raver.
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THINK PINK: Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign said Thursday it would undertake its first online marketing campaign in partnership with media companies and Web destinations to connect with younger audiences to heighten the awareness of the importance of the early detection of breast cancer. This comprehensive digital effort partners with a number of social media and social networking platforms including TotalBeauty.com, Brickfish, Slide, Yahoo Shine, Drive PM Networks, Range Online Media and the BeautyBlogNetwork, along with several Estée Lauder Cos. brand sites. “These new online partnerships will provide a platform with the goal of inspiring a new generation of supporters to relay the message in new and unique ways,” stated Evelyn Lauder, senior corporate vice president of the Estée Lauder Cos. and founder and chairman of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Lauder-owned Clinique will stage an outdoor media event in Paris on Oct. 2 to raise awareness about breast cancer screening.
POWER TOOL: Pharos Life Corp. plans to sell its handheld photo therapy devices under the Tanda Skincare System moniker at Sephora. Tanda products are designed to harness the benefits of LED light treatments, commonly available at dermatologists’ offices, into handheld devices that are safe and effective for at-home use, according to the company. Last month, it began distributing Tanda Regenerate — an antiaging light therapy kit said to improve skin texture and tone, while reducing the appearance of wrinkles — to the beauty retailer. The $275 kit includes two topicals, namely the Tanda Light-Optimized Cleanser and Anti-Aging Serum. The $395 device is available by prescription only and is billed as the first at-home, FDA-approved LED device for acne.
ICE QUEEN: Russian jewelry designer and conceptual artist Irina Volkonskii has teamed up with consumer electronics company AEG to create a limited edition refrigerator for beauty products. Just 17 inches tall, the chiller cabinet is designed to keep skin creams and fragrances at their best with a thermostat set at 40 degrees. The fridge goes on sale Oct. 5 exclusively at the Black Block, the store of Paris contemporary museum le Palais de Tokyo, for 690 euros, or $1,010 at current exchange.
BOOTYLICIOUS: Mama Mio aims to fight flab with Bootcamp in a Box, kits that combine treatment products with exercise tips meant to deliver results in 30 days. Bootcamp for Boobs, which will retail in the U.K. at 65 pounds, or $117.94 at current exchange, comprises body products Tummy Toner and Boob Tube, as well as an exercise regimen targeting pectorals devised by personal trainer Efua Baker. Bootcamp for Butts comprises Supersmooth Body Buff, Tummy Toner and Shrink-to-Fit, plus an exercise routine targeting gluteal muscles, also by Baker. It will retail at 99 pounds, or $179.64. The kits will bow later this month in the U.S. and the U.K.
CONDITION IT: NeuLash, an eyelash conditioner developed by Skin Research Laboratories, has entered 30 Saks Fifth Avenue doors within the last month. The cosmetic product, which is driven by polypeptides and a prostaglandin analogue called isopropyl cloprostenate, is priced at $150. Chris Kolodziejski, founder of NeuLash distributor Mosaic Marketing Partners, said there are six to eight NeuLash product displays in each Saks door where NeuLash is available. He projected that NeuLash will roll out across Saks’ 53 locations within the next 60 days.
BRANCHING OUT: Kalologie is spreading out at home and abroad. The Los Angeles-based hybrid skin care retailer and medi-spa has inked deals to sell its branded products in Macau, Dubai, Turkey and Hong Kong, where Harvey Nichols and Sa Sa will carry Kalologie items. Kalologie founder Tracy Brennan said the company is also targeting the United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan and South Africa, and expects to generate $2 million in international sales next year.
NUXE SPA: French skin care brand Nuxe will open its fifth spa by yearend in the contemporary boutique Hôtel Zébra Square in Paris. The 2,150-square-foot space, just a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower, will be the brand’s third in the capital and its first in the west of the city. The new spa will feature five treatment rooms and up to 10 staff members.